Friday, 31 October 2014

PawPak Review - October 2014 - Canadian Pet Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This post was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? PawPak
How Much? $34.95/month + tax. Save on 3, 6, & 12 month plans. Shipping included.
What’s in it? A mix of toys, treats and other goodies for your furry friend 

PawPak is a Canadian subscription service for dogs. When you sign up, your furry friend will receive a box of toys, treats, and other goodies every month. PawPak is a family owned company, run by dog lovers. They are proud to be Canadian and in every box PawPak makes a point of including Canadian made products from Canadian companies. Products marked with an asterisk in this review are from Canadian companies.
The theme for October is Halloween... and maybe dental hygiene too. Once again there is another fun poem:
Trick or treat, have a sweet.
Don't forget to clean your teeth!
If you do, that's OK.
We've got you covered anyway!
PawPak also has a referral program. When you sign up, you will be issued a unique code. When your friends sign up using your code, they get $5 and you get a free box!  

HuggleHounds Halloween Wacky Bat Knottie ($10.99)

The Barkery Halloween Cookies (3 cookies, $4.05)*

Nylabone Dental Chew ($10.99)

Earth Rated Poop Bags (2 rolls, $3.50)*

Glow in the Dark Halloween Bandana (~$2)

All of these items came in a cobweb printed treat bag. It's a doggie trick-or-treat bag!

Greenies Dental Chew ($1.60)

Northern Pet Products Pumpkin Pie Dog Biscuit (sample)

Indigenous Pet Products Pegetables ($2.49)

Amelia Biscuit Mini Yogurt Bone (~$1)

The October PawPak contained nine items, with an approximate value of $36. The value received is pretty well equal to the cost of the box on a month-to-month subscription. The Halloween theme is fun. I especially love the cute biscuits from The Barkery. They look good enough for a human to eat! This box also contains three different dental doggie chews so you can try them out and see which one your pooch prefers. The bandana is not something any of the dogs in my life would want, so I will add it to the donation pile. The poop bags might seem like boring filler to some, but they are a much needed item. These ones are bio-degradable and every month PawPak includes two rolls. This month's box is really a complete package. Toys and treats, functional and fun.

If you are interested in signing up for PawPak, use promo code cdnboxaddict to save 25% off your first month. On a month-to-month subscription, it brings your first box down to $26.22, plus tax (13% HST for Ontario, 5% GST for rest of Canada). Shipping is always free. If you are looking for a better value, consider trying a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription to save even more. With a pre-paid 12 month subscription, each box is only $24.95 plus tax.

Click here to sign up for PawPak.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

My Paper Pumpkin Review - October 2014 - Craft Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? My Paper Pumpkin
How much? $24.95/month, shipping included
What's in it? Each kit includes the supplies to make a set of cards or some other project, including reusable stamps and ink.

My Paper Pumpkin is a monthly paper craft subscription box that sends everything you need for a creativity escape. Each kit includes all the supplies and instructions necessary to make a set of cards or another paper craft project. My Paper Pumpkin is an extension of Stampin' Up!, a company that offers rubber stamps and paper crafting products through independent demonstrators. It's like Tupperware, but for crafts. I was contacted by Stefanie, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator on Vancouver Island, and she offered to send me a couple of My Paper Pumpkin kits for review. My September kit featured a Halloween themed craft.

My Paper Pumpkin ships from Utah via FedEx. It took two days to arrive at my doorstep.

The October kit is called "Sweet as Pie" and it's Thanksgiving themed. The kit includes everything needed to make 8 "pie boxes" so you can send a slice home with your guests. If pie doesn't float your boat, you could fill the boxes with chocolates, truffles, or other candies.

The "Sweet as Pie" kit includes Thanksgiving themed stamp set, "Old Olive" ink pad, 8 food-safe pie boxes, 16 pie box labels, 4 sheets of die-cut feathers, yellow yarn for pom poms, and more.

Along with the main craft, My Paper Pumpkin includes inspiration for other things you can create with your kit. This month they've shown  how to create a note card, a scrapbook page, and a decorative banner.

My Paper Pumpkin typically sends themed kits the month prior to a major holiday. This one will arrive with plenty of time to spare before American Thanksgiving in November. Unfortunately, Canadian Thanksgiving has already passed so I've decided to save this kit for next year. It's a fun kit and the boxes are very cute. I will probably fill them with treats and candies and give them to my co-workers. If you would like to see the craft from start to finish, watch this quick video:

If you are interested in My Paper Pumpkin, please consider signing up through Stefanie's link. By subscribing through Stefanie, you will get extra perks, like her monthly newsletter with bonus project ideas. She's also a great resource if you ever encounter any problems with your kits.

Through Stefanie, you can also pre-pay for 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions to My Paper Pumpkin. With a pre-paid 12 month subscription, you are entitled to $40 in free catalog product from Stampin' Up!. E-mail Stefanie if you are interested in a pre-paid subscription and she can set you up.

Click here to check out Stefanie's blog.
Click here to check out My Paper Pumpkin.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Little Life Box Review - October 2014 - Canadian Healthy Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Little Life Box
How Much? $19.99 CDN per month plus $3.95 shipping. Tax extra. Save on 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions.
What’s in it?  Over a dozen organic, natural health conscious samples. Vegan box available as well.   

Little Life Box is a Canadian subscription service that sends a box full of healthy and sustainable products for you to sample and discover. Products may include snacks, cosmetics, supplements, vitamins, and more. Items included in the box varies each month, and Little Life Box guarantees that you will never receive the exact same product sample twice..

Only the best samples that promote health and a sustainable lifestyle make the cut. Discover brands and products you never would have tried otherwise that compliment your lifestyle and values
Every Little Life Box is different, so they do not include a traditional product card. Instead, you can find product details on their website. It's not easy to find the products as they are listed alphabetical by company rather than by month, and not every product is listed. It takes a bit of searching, and a bit of Googling to get the information needed.

PureFit Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Nutrition Bar ($2.49)
We took our best-selling, mouth watering, award-winning Peanut Butter Crunch Nutrition Bar and added kosher-certified, non GMO semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Nature's Bakery Fig Bar in Blueberry ($0.85)

Natur-a Soy Beverage in Mango Pineapple (200ml, $0.85)
Natur-a soy beverages are a preferred alternative to cow’s milk. Made entirely of natural ingredients, vitamins, and essential minerals, they provide the perfect balance between good nutrition and good taste.

A. Vogel Echinacea Lozenges (30g full size, $3.29)
A.Vogel Echinacea lozenges are made with organic Echinacea herb. They also contain honey to soothe dry throat by lubrication. 

Natera Hemp Seeds in Maple (25g single serving, $1.67)
Add a touch of natural Maple to Natera Hemp Seeds and you have a yummy dessert-like healthy snack, with just the right amount of sweet. Sprinkle on your cereal, toss in a smoothie, or jazz up your favourite fruit dish. Or eat Maple Single Serves just as they are, anytime, anywhere.

Natera Hemp Seeds in Himalayan Pink Salt (25g single serving, $1.67)
A light dusting of pure Himalayan Salt gives healthy Natera Hemp Seeds that special snacky zing. Eat them right out of the Single Serve package, or toss on your next green salad for added taste and goodness.

Yogourmet Kefir Starter (2-5g packets, $2.16)
Yogourmet Kéfir starter is prepared from selected strains of dairy cultures and yeast as well as kéfir grains, so that each batch you make produces excellent quality kéfir.

EFFFI Shape Firming Massage Emulsion (7ml sample, $6.30)
Provides intensive care for the skin in areas affected by cellulite and stretch marks.

Montagne Jeunesse Peel-Off Masque in Cucumber (1 mask, $1.99)
So easy to use and it actually feels as though you are peeling away dead and dry skin. You will love the opaque green texture it is really fresh. Your skin will feel instantly smoother, clearer and refreshed.

St. Francis Herb Farm Matrice Mineral Matrix Pure Dehydrated Goat Whey (2 x 26g, $3.60)
The ideal dietary supplement, our Mineral Matrix® pure dehydrated goat whey is an all-natural, highly concentrated whole-food source of more than 25 naturally occurring macro and trace minerals in a bio-organic form that our bodies recognize and utilize with ease.

Collagen Myths & Misconceptions by Dr. Marita Schach ($14.95 cover price)
Collagen: Myths and Misconceptions explains how you can preserve and generate your own collagen so that your body stays youthful inside and out!

Sun Butter Sunflower Seed Spread (2 x 32g, $1.28)

Made Good Chocolate Banana Granola Minis (24g sample,$1.17)
MadeGood Chocolate Banana Granola Minis are made good with organic ingredients, whole grains and one serving of vegetables. Our chewy Granola Minis are school safe without peanuts. Made in a peanut free facility.

My October Little Life Box contained fifteen items, from twelve different brands, valued around $42. In previous Little Life Boxes I received a Natur-a soy beverage, an EFFFI sample, and Montagne Jeunesse mask, but they were all different types/flavours than I received in this box. The Fig Bar was the first thing I tried, and it was delicious. I'm most excited about the Yogourmet Kefir Starter. A friend once gifted me some kefir grains and I kept them going, making my own kefir for a few months. I'd love to get that process going again. The book is a nice addition, and when I'm done reading it, I'm going to pass it on to my mother. As always, Little Life Box is a great mix of snacks, health supplements, and beauty products and the value received is approximately twice the cost of the box.

If you are interested in ordering a one month trial box (rather than a month-to-month recurring subscription), you can use promo code jill20 to get 20% off the cost of a trial box. This brings the cost down to $21.55 plus tax, including shipping.

Click here if you are interested in trying Little Life Box. Order by October 31st and you will get the November box!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Subscription Box Deal - Get your first Peekapak for $5!

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What is it? Peekapak
How Much? $24.99/month. Save with 3, 6, and 12 month subscriptions. Free shipping!
What's in it? An exciting storybook filled with educational tidbits, interesting challenges, and craft instructions, 2-3 engaging crafts, and all the materials needed.
Peekapak is a Toronto-based subscription service for kids. Peekapak are designed for play-based and inquiry-based learning. Each month Peekapak provides an activity which "emphasizes active, collaborative play and learning". The kits are meant to let your child's imagination and creativity flourish.

"Take your child on a new journey each month and fly through space, or view the world through the eyes of an insect! The adventure extends from the pages of their storybook into real life when kids create items from the story and join the adventure!"
Peekapak is currently offering an amazing promo. For a limited time, you can get your first Pak for $5! There is no promo code required. Just use this link and sign up. You can choose between the Musical Adventure Pak, Ocean's Adventure Pak, or The Magic Hat Adventure. Deal ends Sunday, November 2nd.

I signed up for two for my nieces! Stay tuned for reviews to come next month.

Nerd Block Jr. Girls Review - October 2014 - Canadian Kids Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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What is it? Nerd Block Jr. Girls
How much? $13.99/month, plus $6 shipping per box, plus GST (US dollars)
What's in it? Awesome nerd gear for kids aged 6-11

Nerd Block is a Canadian-based subscription service that sends a monthly mystery package filled with nerdy apparel, toys, and collectibles. The products chosen represent all genres from movies, television, video games, internet, and more! There are five Blocks to choose from: Nerd Block Classic, Nerd Block Arcade, Nerd Block Horror, Nerd Block Jr. Boys, and Nerd Block Jr. Girls. The Jr. Blocks are $13.99, plus shipping and the other Blocks are $19.99, plus shipping. This review is for the Nerd Block Jr. Girls.

This is my second Nerd Block Jr for girls. You can check out my review of the first one here

Funko Hello Kitty Mummy Vinyl Figure ($12.99)

Disney Frozen Bracelets ($2.94)

Savvi Costume Face Tattoos in Bat & Spiders ($14.99)

Dreamworks Dragons Riders of Berk Graphic Novel ($5.88)

AAA Vacations Lanyard & Disney Pin (no value)

The October Nerd Block Jr. Girls contained five items, valued at $36.80. I paid $20.99 US for this box, which equaled $24.04 CDN. I have mixed feelings on this box. The Hello Kitty Mummy figure and face tattoos are great items, in time for Halloween. The Frozen bracelets are a cheap party favour item, but my nieces will love them. The Dragons graphic novel also made an appearance in this month's Nerd Block Jr. Boys box (as did the face tattoos). My nieces aren't old enough to read a book like this yet (the oldest is in grade 1 French Immersion), so I will add it to the donation pile. The lanyard and pin are the most confusing items. They are promotional giveaway items and I have no idea why Nerd Block thought it was a good idea to include them in this box. The boys box contained five toy/collectible items this month. I guess tossing in a freebie lanyard was Nerd Block's way of making the girl and boy boxes equal. Lucky enough though, I am going on a family trip to Disneyland early in the new year, so perhaps the lanyard will come in handy to hold our passes. If not for that, it would be a garbage item.

If you are interested in trying Nerd Block, click here. You can save 10% off your first box by using promo code SUPERHERO. The November blocks ship November 15th. Both girls and boys blocks will feature Penguins of Madagascar, the new animated film from Dreamworks!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Bowzer Box Review - October 2014 - Canadian Pet Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Bowzer Box
How Much? $29/month CDN, plus $4.50 shipping per box. Save on 3 & 6 month subscriptions.
What's in it? 5-6 items such as dog treats, toys, and accessories
Bowzer Box is a Canadian based subscription box for dogs. Bowzer Box caters to all dogs - small, medium, or large. Subscriptions start at $29 per month. You can save by pre-paying for a 3 or 6 month subscription. Shipping is only additional $4.50 per month.
Bowzer Box includes a variety of handpicked items including toys, treats, samples, and coupons from various brands. Every box is unique and each one will highlight a Canadian product. Bowzer Box also donates a portion of proceeds to animal related charities.

As dog owners we take pride in selecting the best treats and toys to deliver in your monthly subscription. With our pup in mind, we choose goodies that we know your dog will love too.
The theme for October is Halloween AND Thanksgiving!
October's box is packed with a whole lot of bite and a little bit of fright.
Darford Grain Free Turkey Recipe Minis (340g, $9.99)
What's Thanksgiving without turkey?! Darford is a Canadian company, based in Vernon, BC.

Quality House Brand Sweet 'Tater Treats (50g, $6.99)
Along with turkey goes potatoes... sweet potatoes that is. This company is based in Salisbury, New Brunswick!

Indigenous Pet Products Pegetables ($2.49)
Time for veggies. This is a dental dog chew made with carrot, sweet potato, and peas.

Northern Pet Products Pumpkin Bark (2 x $1.99 each)
After turkey, potatoes, and vegetables comes dessert. How about a pumpkin flavoured wheat-free dental chews. Northern is a Canadian company, based in Concord, Ontario.

Northern Pet Products Pumpkin Pie Dog Biscuit (sample)

Quaker Pet Group Go Dog Zombiez Screaming Sam ($9.99)
A sqeauky franken-toy.

Canadian Dogs Annual - $2 off promotion

Head-Lites promotional light and discount code

The October Bowzer Box contained five full size products, plus three sample/promotional items. The approximate retail value is $33.44. Three of the companies represented (plus Head-Lites) are Canadian companies. The Thanksgiving/Halloween theme is very cute, although it's more feast than fright.
Brynn the Mutt hates sweet potato treats, so hopefully Jack the Golden doesn't mind them. Jack eats anything and everything. He will also love the Zombie toy. With Bowzer Box you always get what you pay so a 6-month plan is your best value. When you pre-pay for 6-months worth of Bowzer Box, it works out to $27.50 per box, with shipping. That's a savings of $6 per box.

If you are interested in trying Bowzer Box, you can save 10% off your first month's box. Just enter promo code CDNBOX at checkout and 10% will be deducted from your total. Sign up by November 10th, and you will receive the November box, which ships November 15th. Click here to check out Bowzer Box.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

New Subscription Box Find - GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box + Free Box PROMO CODE

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artisan box
How Much? $29.99 US per month, plus $15 shipping to Canada OR add Artisan Prime to your account for $5 a month and enjoy free shipping.
What’s in it? Up to 3 items handcrafted by global artisans

GlobeIn is a e-marketplace that connects local artisans with the global economy. GlobeIn represents hundreds of artisans, from over 40 countries. Through GlobeIn, you can find one-of-a-kind items, learn about different cultures, and hear stories from the artisans first hand. Your purchase also helps the artisan's country and community. Each artisan sets his or her own prices, and receives 100% of their asking price. GlobeIn makes a difference by charging a 25% markup to the consumer, 10% of which goes back to the country or community of origin. GlobeIn keeps only 15% to cover operating costs. It's a really unique and noble endeavor. You can read more about GlobeIn and their mission here.

Canadians may be familiar with this global marketplace concept already. Ten Thousand Villages is the oldest and largest fair trade marketplace in North America. What makes GlobeIn different from Ten Thousand Villages, is that in additional to an expansive marketplace offering everything from apparel and accessories to home decor, GlobeIn also curates a monthly gift box. There are currently four Artisan Gift Boxes to choose from:
  • Explore the World with Deepak Chopra - Get up to 3 items plus mediation series from the Chopra Center.
  • Awesome & Unexpected - A varied collection that will be a pleasant surprise every month. Learn about each item, its craft, and its creator.
  • Statement Jewelry -  Ethnic, eclectic and eye-catching jewelry pieces. Get beautiful wearables that double as conversation pieces.
  • Global Home - Exotic art, ethnic kitchenware, and functional items for the home. Create a home that  talks. 
You can also select if you want a box for him, for her, or unisex. You can switch your box each month if you want to try something different, or stick with Awesome & Unexpected  and get a newly themed box each month. Through your account online, you can change your monthly box, send your monthly box to a friend, or cancel your subscription.

Here are some previous Awesome & Unexpected GlobeIn Artisan Boxes:

If you have ever been to or purchased from a Ten Thousand Villages store, this box may be for you.

Now for an amazing deal... get your first GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box for FREE! Just pay shipping. Enter promo code SPOOKY4FREE at checkout, and your cart will be credited $29.99. Order by November 15th and you will receive the November box, expected to ship around November 24th.

Click here to find out more about the GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box

Stay tuned for my Awesome & Unexpected GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box review, coming in early December.